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AT&T INVESTS NEARLY $350 MILLION OVER THREE-YEAR
PERIOD TO ENHANCE LOCAL NETWORKS IN AKRON AREA
Investment Expands Access to Nation’s Most Reliable 4G LTE Network, AT&T
U-verse Services; Brings Powerful Fiber-Optic Connections to More Local
AKRON, Ohio (Mar. 6, 2014) — AT&T* has invested nearly $350 million in its best-in-class
wireless and wired networks in Akron between 2011 through 2013, driving a wide range of
upgrades to enhance speed, reliability, coverage and performance for residents and business
“In an information-driven economy, high-tech investment like this assures that local
entrepreneurs and businesses can provide the jobs our families need to thrive,” said State
Senator Frank LaRose. “Furthermore, it is also important that our consumers have access to the
latest communications technology, and this investment helps ensure that the greater Akron area
stays on par with other large metro areas in Ohio and throughout the U.S.”
Advancing its Project Velocity IP (VIP), an investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless
and wired IP broadband networks, AT&T in 2013 made 19 network upgrades in the Akron area.
Additionally, AT&T expanded the reach of its network, providing access to U-verse® Internet and
video services to 6,000 new customer locations and delivering powerful fiber-optic connections
to 124 business locations at five multi-tenant business buildings and business parks.
“Akron residents depend on our fast and reliable Internet connections more and more every
day, whether it’s instant access to files and apps at work, watching a video at home, or even
receiving updates from connected cars or home monitors,” said Adam Grzybicki, President of
AT&T Ohio. “AT&T is making robust investments locally to make sure that residents can take
full advantage of the latest services and tools, and that businesses have the speed they need to
compete and grow.”
AT&T provides the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network today, covering nearly 280 million
Americans with 4G LTE service.**
AT&T U-verse is delivered over AT&T’s advanced IP network and includes AT&T U-verse High
Speed Internet, AT&T U-verse TV, and AT&T U-verse Voice.*** AT&T U-verse TV customers
enjoy Total Home DVR®, apps for entertainment on the go, and integrated features. AT&T was
named Frost & Sullivan Video Company of the Year for 2013.
AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network**** including more than 32,000 AT&T Wi-Fi
Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, and provides access to more
than 529,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone
customers and U-verse customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no
additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.
For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Akron or anywhere in the United States,
consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network,
please visit the AT&T network news page.
* AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by
** Speed & Reliability claims based on analysis of independent third party data re nationwide carriers’ 4G LTE. LTE is a trademark
of ETSI. 4G LTE not available everywhere.
*** Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. Call or go to www.att.com/u-verse to see if you qualify.
**** Largest based on company branded and operated hotspots.
To define a market, we rely on the Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA), as established by the United States Office of Management
and Budget. Minor differences, if any, between annual totals reflect annual updating of market boundaries in our record systems.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored
companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the
providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of
network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading
provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in
mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier,
offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV
service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business
communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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